Funeral Customs: Their Origin and Development by Bertram S. Puckle

By Bertram S. Puckle

Publication Description: "A funeral is a rite marking a person's loss of life. Funerary customs include the complicated of ideals and practices utilized by a tradition to recollect the useless, from the funeral itself, to numerous monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken of their honor. those customs fluctuate broadly among cultures, and among non secular affiliations inside of cultures. In a few cultures the useless are honored; this can be often referred to as ancestor worship. The observe funeral comes from the Latin funus, which had various meanings, together with the corpse and the funerary rites themselves. desk of Contents: Publisher's Preface; Forword; Acknowledgment; The Provisions Of Nature; demise Warnings--when Does dying Take Place?; instruction For Burial, Coffins, ''grave-goods,'' Suttee; Wakes, Mutes, Wailers, Sin-eating, Totemism, Death-taxes; Bells, Mourning; Funeral Feasts And Processions; Early Burial-places; Churchyards, Cemeteries, Orientation And different Burial Customs; bushes, flora, Body-snatching; Plague; country And Public Funerals; Cremation, Embalming; In Memoriam; Memorials, Epitaphs, jewelry And Mourning playing cards

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Similar explanations might be reasonably given for the following: When a dying person "sees something white" or if he "sees something black" a less enviable fate awaits him. " If you chance to drop a mirror in which you have seen your own reflection, you have killed the reflection, hence you are doomed. " If you dream of nursing a baby and the baby cries, you will either die yourself or lose a near relative. All these superstitions are foolish and harmless enough, but one might be mentioned which has lead to much trouble and has a wide influence even over the minds of people who ought to be better informed--the belief that if a person makes a will it is a sign that they will die shortly after.

Leech, Mr. W. Edgel, Mr. Francis J. Bigger and Mr. Edward Good. Funeral Customs By Bertram S. THE PROVISIONS OF NATURE IN the animal kingdom a dead body arouses no feelings of fear or repulsion. In most cases it is looked upon as a generous gift of Nature, of which the fullest advantage is to be taken, or the opportunity lost to competition. " In a day's search we may not find among all the teaming wild population a single stiffened body, or one bright eye glazed in death. Here in a clearing we may have chanced upon some blood-stained grass, and a few scattered feathers, which gave evidence of the hawk or carrion crow, but this is very far from accounting for anything like the greater proportion of the short-lived race.

Funeral Customs By Bertram S. PREPARATION FOR BURIAL, COFFINS, "GRAVE-GOODS," SUTTEE IN order to follow the various burial customs as clearly as possible, we will consider them in their natural sequence. Death has taken place, with or without such a supernatural warning as we have noted in a previous chapter, and precautions have been taken (we will hope) to ascertain that what was once a human being is now a "lifeless corpse"--an expression that we may use without tautology. " When the soul or personality goes away, leaving the body behind, it severs all association with the remains, which become a public charge, with an implied obligation on the relatives.

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